Exact: to call for forcibly or urgently and obtain
When you first see this word, you might question why I chose to have such an obvious word as the Word of the Week. However, take a closer look at the definition.
The word "exact" is a homograph—A homograph is a pair of words that look exactly the same but have different meanings, e.g. bear (to bear something) and bear (the animal), or close (proximity) and close (to close a gate).
The word "exact" can be used to describe a quantity, as in 'the exact amount of an ingredient' or to mean "to call for forcibly and obtain," as in 'to exact revenge.'
Context makes a world of difference!
Until next time...
Stay Curious ;)